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How to Make Parking Laws Work In Your Favor

How to Make Parking Laws Work In Your Favor

Dear Parking Guru,
 
This morning I found not one, not two, but three parking tickets on my windshield, and I am beside myself with frustration. On Sunday night, my boyfriend and I parked our car a couple of blocks away from where we live in the Richmond. The only restriction is for street sweeping on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. It was the 4th week when we parked, so we thought we were good. I went back to my car on Friday (five days later), and there were three tickets for a residential parking violation. After looking down to pick up the crumpled tickets, I looked up and saw a freshly installed 2-Hour (from 9am-6pm) parking sign. It was put up sometime after we parked the car there.

SF Traffic Citation Fines Increase by 10% (But One Decreased!)

SF Traffic Citation Fines Increase by 10% (But One Decreased!)

While you were sleeping, at 12:00 AM on July 1, SFMTA raised the amounts that parking and traffic tickets will cost you by an average of roughly ten percent. 

Here are some of the highlights:

Three Famous Parking Scams

Three Famous Parking Scams

If necessity is the mother of invention, then desperation might be the mother of devious creativity.  As many people continue to struggle economically, I've been receiving a lot of email about erroneous tickets. This is indicating to me that either the rate of drinking on the job for DPT officers has skyrocketed, or three old school parking scams have reared their heads once again in our fair city and across the nation.   

Scam #1...

Parking Quiz Answer! Will Your Car Get Towed If You Park Here?

Parking Quiz Answer! Will Your Car Get Towed If You Park Here?

Just before lunch, we quizzed you on whether or not it's safe to park in the space above at 4 pm on a Friday. Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you got it right.

Parking Quiz: Can You Park Here at 4 pm on a Friday?

Parking Quiz:

Here's a brain tickler for this ultra gloomy, Juneuary Friday. Just take a look at the pictures above and attempt to answer this question:

Let's All Just Slow Down a Little

Let's All Just Slow Down a Little

While I have a plethora of information to share about parking, I find myself moved to write about the recent decision of the SF District Attorney to file felony vehicular manslaughter charges against Chris Bucchere, the bicyclist whose crashing into a 71- year old man led to that man’s death.
 

Ask the Parking Guru: To Paint Parking Space Stripes in Potrero, Or Not?

Ask the Parking Guru: To Paint Parking Space Stripes in Potrero, Or Not?

Dear Parking Guru,
 
I live in Potrero on a street where parking is perpendicular to the curb.  People don't space their cars close enough to each other and end up wasting a lot of potential parking space! Why do people do this? Is it possible to ask the City to paint lane markings on the street to help these inconsiderate or careless folks park more snugly? Or can we do it ourselves??  We would all reap the benefit!
 
Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Space Saver

 
 

Ask the Parking Guru: When DIY Red Curbs Attack

Ask the Parking Guru: When DIY Red Curbs Attack

Hi Parking Guru,
 
I read last week’s story, and have a related question. I have a Smart Car and try to take those "little spots" to free up real spots for larger cars. There are a few spots that are marked “No Parking” with a red curb but have clearly not been designated so by the City as there are no SFMTA, MTA, or DPT markings on them. As long as I don't block the driveway, can I park there? They look suspiciously like someone painted them red on their own. Thanks for all of your hard work!
 
Ms. Smartcar

 

A Curb or Not a Curb, That is the Question

A Curb or Not a Curb, That is the Question

Dear Parking Guru,

I was towed wrongfully and need your help. I was on a date in North Beach last night and parked in a perfectly legal spot on Grant. I immediately reported my car as being stolen, and 5 hours later found out that it had been towed for blocking a driveway. It cost me $450 plus a $90 ticket! There was no way that my car was blocking the driveway because I specifically checked when I parked and my bumper was still in the part of the curb that curves down into the driveway and not in the driveway itself.  How can I prove that once I've been towed? Please help me. Rent is due in six days.

Thanks,
GS

Never Assume You Know Everything About Yellow Meters

Never Assume You Know Everything About Yellow Meters

So, there I was driving in the Marina at about 4:30 pm on a Friday looking for a parking space.  I didn't have my phone so I couldn't rely on VoicePark.  I had to travel back in time and rely on my primitive late 20th century pre-app-man parking instincts.  Driving along Chestnut Street…nothing…nothing…a lady opening her trunk…nope, not leaving…nothing…there's one, damn, no, she's taking it…ah ha, there's one!  Damn, a yellow meter, it's only 4:30, yellow meters are loading zones until 6 pm and I don't want to deal with getting towed.  But, if I keep looking, I'm going to be late.

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